• Record Label: Anticon
  • Release Date: Jan 21, 2003
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Bottle of Humans was an amazing album, immediately hailed as a classic. Selling Live Water improves upon that album in every identifiable category.
  2. Spin
    83
    Emo kids, hold your heads: An Eminem you can call your own is on line one. [Apr 2003, p.107]
  3. Uncut
    80
    A worthy West Coast counterpart to El-P's superb Fantastic Damage. [Apr 2003, p.108]
  4. The production is progressive, but not difficult; the mixture of sampled melodies and live instrumentation gives the whole record a submarine clarity and (as with many Anticon releases) the more listens the listener gives, the more content the album returns.
  5. Unfortunately, his spiels can deteriorate into what sounds like unedited 4 a.m. caffeine babble.
  6. Certainly he understands things about this society that his better-adjusted contemporaries don't. But he's woefully short on not just empathy but humorous self-deprecation.
  7. Urb
    70
    An emo-rap fan's wet dream. [Feb 2003, p.93]
  8. Alternative Press
    70
    Sole's willingness to bust lyrical caps in the asses of the left as well as the right make him a fairly revolutionary revolutionary--one whose musical journal keeping, for all its excesses, is worth deciphering. [Apr 2003, p.85]
  9. Selling Live Water follows the Anticon party line (double-timed, singsongy half-sensical ramblings countering slow, lumbering beats) through to conscious hip-hop's most logical dead end.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 4 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. chris
    Jan 27, 2005
    10
    Is this guy white because I thought he was Black that is what I heard. What I also heard was this was a masterpiece with sick beats and even Is this guy white because I thought he was Black that is what I heard. What I also heard was this was a masterpiece with sick beats and even Fresher lyrics. This was one of the best from 03. Full Review »
  2. TheIncredibleHullks
    Mar 19, 2003
    9
    Anticon are the only label that can compete with the Def Jukies at the moment. Sole and Murs are trading blows on my box at the moment and Anticon are the only label that can compete with the Def Jukies at the moment. Sole and Murs are trading blows on my box at the moment and honours are even. Strictly Hip Hop. Full Review »